Friday 17 January 2020

Burke leads way for DCU

Fitzgibbon Cup: DCU 0-21 UL 0-18

Dublin senior Burke ended the opening period with 0-6 to his name. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Dublin senior Burke ended the opening period with 0-6 to his name. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Donal Burke amassed an impressive 0-13 to give DCU the perfect start to their Fitzgibbon Cup Group A campaign at St Clare's yesterday.

Despite the best efforts of Cian Darcy and Kyle Hayes for their opponents, the Dublin outfit are on the brink of reaching the knockout stages ahead of next Sunday's trip to Maynooth University. UL, on the other hand, will seek to get their season back on track when they host to Trinity.

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With Darcy and Limerick forward Hayes in fine form, six-time champions UL moved three points clear on 11 minutes. However, the longer the contest progressed, the more assured the hosts became.

Dublin senior Burke ended the opening period with 0-6 to his name and it was his stoppage-time free that edged DCU in front at the break (0-9 to 0-8). Darcy - who amassed 0-15 - restored parity on the restart and there was little to separate the sides.

Yet, unanswered points courtesy of Burke (two), Dublin's Fergal Whitely and Kilkenny's John Donnelly provided DCU with sufficient breathing space.

Scorers - DCU: D Burke 0-13 (11f); B Ryan, F Whitely 0-2 each; D Reck, C Firman, J Donnelly, R O'Connor 0-1 each. UL: C Darcy 0-15 (10f); K Hayes 0-2; R Hayes 0-1.

DCU - O Foley; L Gannon, P Smyth, J Curran; B Ryan, C Burke, D Gray; D Reck, C Firman; F Whitely, R O'Connor, J Donnelly; C Hearne, J Burke, D Burke. Subs: R Boran for Hearne (48), J Ryan for Reck (56), J Roberts for Firman, D O'Brien for D Burke (both 62).

UL - B Hogan; C O'Callaghan, M Carey, E Gunning; P Campion, B O'Mara, R Lynch; B McGrath, J Shelly; R Hayes, K Hayes, P O'Loughlin; R Considine, C Darcy, B Power. Subs: K McDermott for McGrath (40), S Neville for Power (45), K McDonald for Lynch (52), J Kenny for Considine, O Flannery for R Hayes (both 55).

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REF - J Owens (Wexford).


Gleeson blow for dominant WIT

LIT 1-14 WIT 1-23

Waterford Institute of Technology got off to a flying start in the 2020 Fitzgibbon Cup at Moylish.

WIT bossed the game from the early stages with the heavy scoring of Stephen Condon a major factor. The Corkman finished with an excellent 0-12.

Austin Gleeson also featured heavily, but new Waterford manager Liam Cahill will be worried as he left the game on 53 minutes with what looked to be a serious knee injury.

WIT raced into the lead with Condon opening the scoring from a free and Gleeson firing over two excellent points. Billy Seymour got Limerick IT on the board in the seventh minute, but LIT were too reliant on the free-taking of the Kiladangan clubman.

Barry McDonagh did reduce WIT's lead; however, that was as good as it got for LIT. Condon and Gleeson continued to dominate . A Gleeson free put WIT into a 0-13 to 0-7 lead at the break.

Seymour kept LIT in touch but a well-taken Eddie Meaney goal put WIT out of sight.

Scorers - LIT: B Seymour 1-11 (9f, 1 '65); B McDonagh 0-2; K Howard 0-1. WIT: S Condon 0-12 (10f); A Gleeson 0-5 (1f); E Meaney 1-0; J Prendergast and T Barron 0-2 each; C Lyons and R Flynn 0-1 each.

LIT - E Collins; B Fanning, D Moran, F Lordan; C McCarthy, C Whelan, P Delaney; R Byrnes, M Moloney; B Seymour, K Howard, B McDonagh; D O'Meara, D O'Connell, R Bonnar. Subs: R Doody for Bonnar (h-t), E Fitzpatrick for Moloney (40), I Murray for Delaney (43), R Mulrooney for O'Meara (50), E Fitzgerald for Fanning (61).

WIT - B Nolan; T Hayes, K Hassett, S Smyth; S Lyons, M de Paor, S Ryan; M Whelan, A Gleeson; T Barron, J Prendergast, R Flynn; E Meaney, C Kirwin, S Condon. Subs: M Mahoney for Whelan (49), C Flood for Ryan (50), F Cleary for Gleeson (53), K Hanney for Flynn (60), D Claffey for Meaney (63).

Ref - F Horgan (Tipperary)

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